Chocolate tasting workshops

Chocolatier and sommelier Geoseph Domenichiello will be hosting workshops on chocolate tasting July 29 and Aug. 20 in order to offer Vancouverites a new perspective on chocolate. Domenichiello has worked as a sommelier since 2007, trying to bridge the gap between good quality chocolate and consumer. While developing his styles as a sommelier, he noticed…

Food forest – a Japanese approach to permaculture

In 1975, Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution, a bestselling book that shared his views on agriculture and the natural world. Among other things, it has had a lasting influence on the development of the permaculture philosophy. On July 15 the Kerrisdale Community Centre will host Fukuoka’s Food Forest, a workshop that…

Substance on screen: A different youth oriented film festival

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding its first ever free outdoor screening at sunset (July 13). The film they have chosen for this event is the animated feature, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet co-produced with Bardel Entertainment. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses…

A festival of Russian friendship

Alik Schastlivenko wants to tell Canadians about his country. He wants to hear about Canada too and about other countries, about the food, music, dancing, and culture that make all people who they are. “When we open our eyes and ears and try to be a little bit flexible,” says Schastlivenko, “we can understand each…

The Sakura choir sings the essence of Japanese culture

The Sakura Singers Society will be performing at the 42nd annual Powell Street Festival on Aug. 5. The Sakura Singers’ repertoire covers more than 250 Japanese songs, focusing on folk songs and choral suites, and the choir is always looking for new members to join, seeking to share Japanese culture with those who wish to…

The Fish Eyes Trilogy: a coming-of-age solo show

The Fish Eyes Trilogy, a theatre show with a focus on dance written and performed by actor, dancer and playwright Anita Majumdar, is coming to the Surrey Arts Centre Aug. 18. “Anita brings a really fierce determination to explore how dance gets in your body and how dance expresses a character’s life, interests and their…

Questioning the role of museums

“Mythmaking,” the theme for this year’s Indian Summer Festival will focus on storytelling, the human imagination, and how both of those affect how people and society function. How sharing stories and memories – and which ones are chosen to be shared – are crucial, and one of the keys to how people shape their histories…

An artist’s journey home

Interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowen is in Vancouver to finish her multi-media exhibit called The Long Doorway, which is currently in post production at Vancouver’s Western Front Society. Based on a CBC program from 1956 and Bowen’s own research into her family history, the exhibit is set to challenge the way visitors see Canada and its race…

Pakistan Festival: a celebration of music, food and dance

Culture lovers can taste Pakistan’s best cuisine, and experience its fashion and music during the Pakistani Festival at Georgia Street Plaza on Sunday July 8. With musical performances and a fashion show, the free event is a great opportunity for the Vancouver public to get to know Pakistan’s rich cultural traditions. Unity The Pakistani people…

Tricksters Laugh: Modern indigenous spirit with humour

A Haida legend has it that at the beginning of the world, there was nothing but darkness and a raven. The raven, tired of flying in the dark, plotted a scheme to steal the light and spread it to the world. And that was how light came into the universe. Since then, Raven has become a…

Poetry & prints: a Filipino migration story

Scattering and Gathering, curated by Jing Palad, is the latest offering at Vancouver’s Roundhouse, running July 7–12. The exhibition aims to expose the experiences of the ongoing exodus to Canada from the Philippines. “I think an understanding of what it’s like to be an immigrant – and not just a Filipino immigrant – is becoming…

Magic and romance under the stars

Dreams do come true during the summer nights, and Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) invites audiences to see their two new musicals for the 2018 summer season. Vancouver’s vision of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street will run at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl stage (July 4–Aug. 18). “We’re doing a show with a diverse cast and…

Two exhibitions mark the re-opening of the Bill Reid Gallery

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary, the recently renovated Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is ready to welcome Vancouverites and visitors alike. Working in association with the Cultural Sharing Program, the gallery will present Home Away from Home produced by Samantha Nock (Cree-Metis) and Nicole Bird (Haida), and Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, running…